Manchester Furniture Show is a popular summer show that runs for three days. The current one is expected to run from July 17th to July 19th 2016. The furniture industry’s finest summer show takes place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in the heart of Manchester in the United Kingdom. In a nutshell, the event brings together diverse exhibitors showcasing products from all manner of sections from home textiles, home furnishings, architecture and designing, furniture industries, education and training and business services related to the industry among many other things.
The Manchester Furniture Show exhibitor profile is always very rich and an attraction for all furniture enthusiasts, users and exhibitors themselves. The show includes lots of industries displayed as well as students whose speciality is in furniture designing and interior decoration displaying their products.
There is always a lot of products arranged in the Convention Complex from cabinet furniture, upholster, bedroom furniture and beds among other accessories like lighting, mirrors and pictures. You’ll also find lots of branded companies representing lots of product sets from their inventory.
In the 2015 Manchester Furniture Show, the number of visitors went up by 12 percent from the 2014 display, with over 70 percent of all exhibitors having rebooked their participation for the 2016 event. In fact, the Main Hall had sold out by March, 2016.
How to get there
The venue where the event takes place, the Manchester Central Convention Complex is an award winning setting famous as an exhibition location that you can’t miss in the vibrant Manchester city centre. To arrive there is as simple as finding your way to Manchester, which is a city easily accessible by air, rail or road by anyone from anywhere around the world.
With thousands of attendees from around the world and within the UK having confirmed their participation, anyone intending to get to the furniture show can do so with ease. By road the motorway network of the Northwest will get you to Manchester via the M60 orbital motorway of the city.
If you prefer travelling by rail Manchester is served by direct connections by rail from all main cities across the UK with London about 120 minutes away if you are travelling by train. Through the Victoria or Piccadilly station you can get into Manchester; both connect to the city’s light-rail Metro link system.
Travelling by air is a favourite of many travellers to the city through Manchester airport. The airport serves lots of global air traffic with immense scheduled frequent flights to various global destinations including European and UK key destinations.
Manchester Furniture Show takes place at Manchester Central inside a venue with a historic architectural design with immense up to date facilities. Organisers of the summer show include teams of diverse proven and experienced specialists in the furniture industry who’re respectable members of the industry, very popular and trusted for their insight on the needs of diverse exhibitors.
As an exhibitor you’ve the choice to purchase a well priced space depending on your needs. This includes £118 per m² space only, £136 per m² octanorm shell scheme, and £154 per m² traditional shell scheme and £110 per m² carpet and shell scheme. Each of the packages includes all promotional and marketing activity including direct mail, website campaigns and the show’s catalogue.
What to expect from the show
Without a doubt the Manchester Furniture Show is one of the easiest to access and visit, friendly and relaxed summer interiors and furniture show across the UK. The main hall space is fully booked after major brands, about 70 percent of them, rebooked immediately after the end of the previous show. The next one is always expected to be even bigger than the previous one. Some of the main brands that have confirmed or booked their space at the 2016 show include Gallery Direct, Morris, Seconique, Paulus & Brown, Westbridge, Whitemeadow, Baker, Rowico, Wade, Shankar, Ashley Manor, Scan Thor, Bluebone, Furniture Origins, Corndell, Kingstown, Buoyant, among others.
There’re also other new brand entries into the exhibition that’ll be showcasing their furniture and interior products, such as Ancient Mariner, Indian Hub, Camel Group, Arthauss, Devonshire Pine & Oak, Panacea and Hookes Interiors among others.
Procurement officers, specifiers, interior designers, contract or retail buyers are usually the main visitors to the show with everyone invited to attend for the summer display. There’s a lot to see, from the newest and latest trends in bedroom furniture and beds, dining and cabinet, upholstery, mirrors, occasional, decorative and art accessories.
One of the Manchester Furniture Show extras includes the entry of the British Furniture Manufacture Association (BFM) into the 2016 exhibition. The association will be providing all manner of guidelines and free advice on many areas such as timber regulation, employment law, safety and health. BFM will have an expert on each day of the show providing personalised advice on a range of issues affecting each manufacturer dealing with furniture anywhere in the United Kingdom.
For instance, the Membership and Employment Affairs Director of the association, Mike Dimond will be there to offer advice relating to industry statistics and employment law. A consultant will also be there to offer advice on Export, Flammability Regulations and European Timber Regulations among others. Alistair Bromhead, a Safety, Environment and Health consultant will be there to cover this area extensively with those who’ll be present. There’ll be no booking to receive the advice from the experts. Advice will be given to those who turn up.
Excellent and better show
Every year the Manchester Furniture Show has been getting better with a lot of exhibitors joining up as visitor numbers continue to increase. According to Laraine Janes, the director of the show, 2016 will have one of the most diverse exhibitor collections in the history of the summer event.
The product mix and display styles and all types of price brackets will be immense. The show will be one-stop shop for summer furnishings and furniture buyers this year. With the event having new sign-ups that weren’t there before, the variety and depth of the event has risen. The director of the furniture show believe it’s a retailer’s furniture paradise and a must see for all from interior designers to specifiers.